5 Secrets To Organizing Small Spaces

5 secrets to organizing small spaces

5 Secrets To Organizing Small Spaces

Organizing can be a frustrating task, but especially when you have small spaces to work with.

Creative organization solutions are essential for making it work.

One thing that used to frustrate me about my home was the lack of closet space. It’s an older home, so most of the closets are small. Two of our bedrooms have decent closets, but the 3rd bedroom is tiny…especially when two people share it.

We have two hallway closets, one is our linen closet and the other is what we use as our entry closet. Both are small.

The kitchen has a pantry that is also quite small…especially for how much food we need each week to feed our growing family. 

For many years, my family of 6 has lived on the top floor of our home which is about 1,100 square feet. 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

Our basement (other than the laundry area and a small storage room) has been mostly occupied by my brothers over the last 8 years or so…we even had 3 of them living here at one time.

Currently we only have one of my brothers living with us and last year we took back one of the rooms in the basement, which we now use as a homeschool room/office. Woohoo more space to work with!!!

At one point this lack of space was extremely frustrating for me, but then I realized that many years ago, families were much bigger and lived in much smaller houses…some without indoor plumbing!! I really don’t have anything to complain about, and I need to be intentional with what we bring into the home and stay on top of clutter and keeping things organized.

I am blessed and thankful for the home I have…small closets and all!

Living in a small space has made me be very intentional with our belongings, and the organization of our home is constantly evolving. It has changed from 2 kids to 4…babies with all the baby stuff to big kids and no more baby items…from 9 of us in the house to 7 of us living here. From us homeschooling at the table in the dining room, to us having a homeschool room and office. It is constantly changing.

If I hadn’t reorganized based on our needs, along with decluttering and purging, we would be living in complete chaos!

The way to organize small spaces is to keep it simple, use creative solutions, keep like items together and remember you can make do with a lot less than you think.


Best tools for organizing small spaces:


·      Square or rectangular storage containers

This shape makes the best use of the space.


·      Command hooks

Command hooks are great for hanging things on the back of doors or sides of closets and drawers.


·      I LOVE stacking baskets, buckets or containers

When containers stack, they make good use of vertical space, and if they have an opening at the front they are even more accessible.


·      Over the door shoe pockets

These are great for storing all sorts of small odds and ends on the inside or backside of a door. Other than shoes, I like to store our sunscreen, scarves, small packets of Kleenex or hand wipes for stocking my purse.


·      Under bed storage

Take advantage of any space you have available. Even a couple of bins, buckets or even an under-bed storage container are great for storing toys, or off-season clothing.


·      Shelf risers

Adding a new shelf to an existing cupboard is not always possible, but it’s easy to add a shelf riser to take advantage of vertical space and to make things more accessible instead of piling items on top of each other.


·      Wall mounted baskets

I love how these look and how functional they are. It makes use of vertical space or areas that are too small       for furniture.


5 Secrets to Organizing Your Small Space


1.     Get Creative

Also, important to small space organizing is thinking outside the box and getting creative with what we use to organize. For the longest time our school books were stored in the IKEA shoe cabinet. Now I keep my recipe binders in there.  Most of the kid’s crafts, colouring supplies and small games are kept in a dresser drawer that serves as a dining hutch in the dining room.


2.      Minimize

Don’t hold on to more than you need. Do you really need 30 bath towels or 3 sets of sheets for each bed? Not usually. It’s so easy to wash what we have and reuse it within a couple of hours. This saves space and money.


3.  Borrow

Is canning something you do often? If not, borrow items instead pf purchasing.

Make good use of the library. If you like to have books, then borrow it and make sure it’s something you actually want in your collection. If not, don’t purchase it.


4.  Set Limits

Another good practice is to give yourself limits. If you only have room for 5 pairs of shoes or one bucket of puzzles, then implement the one in-one out rule. Don’t have more than you can fit. 


5.    A Heart of Gratitude

If you are frustrated with organizing your space, wishing for more room will not make the situation any easier. Instead, work on being thankful for your space and working with what space you DO have.

This made such a difference in my life.

I was frustrated and unmotivated to keep my space organized because I knew it wasn’t going to be Pinterest worthy.

Guess what!? It doesn’t have to be Pinterest worthy to be organized and functional. When I finally got over the perfection mentality and worked on being thankful for the space I had, it motivated me to keep my space organized…small spaces and all.


What is your favourite way to organize a small space? I love to hear how others organize. Leave your comment below.